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17 Sep 2013

Reading and Depression

What does reading have to do with depression? Life coaches, inspirational speakers and other professionals in the field of helping people achieve their dreams all share a common thread: to dig yourself out of a hole, build a new life or achieve your goals, you first need to image yourself as if you had already achieved it. If you want a new partner, you have to act as if you have one. If you want a new car, you need to create the sensations in your body as if you were driving your new car. Whether it’s some cosmic force or because the right people are attracted to the new way you conduct yourself, many gurus swear by this. A few years ago, The Secret book and DVD, was a huge hit. Even in modern science, people say, “fake it till you make it,” and now, “fake it till you become it.” Recently, I watched American social psychologist, Amy Cuddy say the latter in a Ted Talk on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc). The basics of the talk are, if you consciously alter your body language and walk around in a confident manor, you will start to feel more confident, and others may start to treat you differently. Imagine walking into a job interview and being your most confident self. Do you think you will have a better chance of getting the job…? (Just a note: imagining the life you want, isn’t the only thing you have to do to get it, it’s only one of the first steps.)

So, what does this have to do with reading and depression? Well, if you lack imagination, your ability to visualize a fun, happy life, full of friends, a loving partner and financial independence, is severely impeded. It’s not impossible, but so much more difficult. Above, I spoke about The Secret. If it’s so easy, why didn’t it work for everyone? Is it maybe because they lack a good imagination? Reading is one activity that helps to build and develop a young mind and imagination. Then your imagination allows you to visualize a life without depression (or in the positive: a fun, happy life). Create a culture of reading in your home, so children will naturally want to read, and one day they can have the freedom to imagine the life they want.

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